A Rosenberg teenager is in jail, accused of stealing a school van, taking it on a joy ride, then telling police he was about to return it because it was almost out of gas.
The van belongs to the Little Oaks Learning Center in the 2100 block of Thompson Highway in Richmond. Rosenberg police pulled Deion Montra Johnson over near the 5400 block of Mustang after he allegedly ran a stop sign.
"During the stop he admitted to taking the van and he actually said he was going to take the van back because it was low on gas," said Master Sgt. L. Neinast, with the Richmond Police Department.
Richmond police discovered the learning center had been broken into earlier in the day and that the keys to the van were taken during the burglary.
Emma Hayes, the center's co-owner, says nothing else inside was missing.
"They had probably been joy riding all afternoon," Hayes said.
She is grateful nobody got hurt and hopes Johnson learns his lesson.
"He needs to know that he cannot steal and get away with it," said Hayes.
Johnson was alone when police arrested him, but investigators believe he had someone with him at some point after the van was stolen.
Johnson, 18, is charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and burglary of a building. Both are state jail felonies.